Much of the research in creative arts therapy is found in journal articles. To find articles on a particular topic, use the online databases (periodical indexes). Many articles will be available full-text in the databases, while others will be in print in the Libraries' periodical collection. There are also journals and articles in our databases to which we don't have full-text access online or in print. In those cases, you will either want to visit a nearby library to see the article or else request it through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). More information on ILL can be found on our Interlibrary Loan FAQ page.
Make sure you write down the full citation (including journal title, volume, number, month, year) so that you can find the article within a print or electronic journal and cite it later. Visit the Citing Sources page of this guide for more information on citation.
Creative arts therapy is a multidisciplinary field that includes, in addition to art and dance, a variety of subjects in the social science, humanities, and life sciences, such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, substance abuse, disabilities, geriatrics, special education, families, therapeutic nurseries, after-school programs, medical rehabilitation, child life, AIDS, homelessness, physical/sexual abuse, eating disorders, and prevention/wellness. Our list of Creative Arts Therapy Databases includes the databases most likely to prove useful when researching these disciplines.